First day of the year…

Of course, we started off the first day of the year with the Foochow longevity noodles in chicken soup with lots of ginger and the traditional red wine…

New Year mee sua
*Recycled pic*

…that I cooked specially for the day and we had a very nice lunch that afternoon here.

With my niece home from Singapore for the New Year weekend, my in-laws invited us out to dinner at our regular place in town these days. We decided not to order the nice prawns with young coconut in the very nice gravy served in a coconut and opted for something different for a change – the “fragrant sour” prawns…

Tung Seng fragrant sour prawns

…which we all enjoyed but I still think the latter is nicer. For one thing, eating that, one would not need to struggle with the shell. Yes, I am kind of lazy when eating.

We had this again though…

Tung Seng pork with cincaluk dip

– the pork served with cincaluk (fermented shrimps) dip, one dish we would usually order when eating here and we also had this tofu with minced meat…

Tung Seng tofu with minced meat

…that we had had before, though I do not quite remember when exactly and for our vegetable dish, we had their Four Heavenly Kings…

Tung Seng Four Heavenly Kings

– the assortment of beans and brinjal and young corn. I would say that I liked the colours of the one here – it seemed a lot greener than the same dish at all the other places.

As for the soup, my niece wanted the Foochow-style tofu soup with canned oysters…

Tung Seng Foochow tofu soup

…and my brother-in-law wanted to try their Hock Chew char mee ( Foochow fried noodles)…

Tung Seng Foochow fried noodles

…so we had that as well and both were pretty good too.

Thank you so much to my in-laws for the lovely dinner, after which we went straight home to have an early night as early the next morning, we had to send my girl back to her school for the new academic year. They had a staff meeting at 9.30 a.m. on Saturday, the 2nd of January and the pupils reported the following day, the 3rd and lessons started right away on Monday, 4th.

We left home while it was still dark, 6 something in the morning and we did stop by Selangau on the way, reaching the school in good time at around 8.30 a.m. I did fry some bihun with canned clams in soy sauce for our lunch…and I bought some kampua noodles at Selangau to help tide us over till lunch. Gosh!!! It is RM3.20 a plate there!!! Here in Sibu, it is usually RM2.80 and to the most, at a few places, they may ask for RM3.00.

Oh me oh my!!! The whole bazaar was literally buried in gold! It sure seems that they are having a bountiful harvest this time around and everywhere, left, right and centre, you will see the golden fruit – our wild durian, the buah pakan/pakon

Buah pakan or pakon 1

…selling at 3/4 or 5 for RM10.00, depending on the sizes. Other than the market and on the pavement outside the shops, every few hundred metres all along the road from the pekan (bazaar) to my girl’s school and probably beyond, you can see makeshift stalls where they sell the fruit.

Of course, my missus bought a lot – like me, she is not into durian but she loves this very much and she bought some for my niece to enjoy too before she left town to go back to Singapore the next day. My niece shared the photograph on Facebook and declared that she had one whole fruit all to herself right away…

Buah pakan or pakon 2

She sure loves it too!!!

Well, the holidays are over and it is back to the usual routine…but it would not be long before the schools will take a one-week break for Chinese New Year, come February and knowing how time seems to fly these days, that would come real soon – of that, I’m pretty sure.